On Wednesday I had the privilege of attending the Austin Music Awards on behalf of Latinitas. From the dichotomous balance of denim and cowboy boots to its gold and glitter glam, Austin pulled out all of its traditionally charming looks, while proving (once again) why it is the live music capital of the world! With a huge selection of artists, and award categories, the AMAs resembled a much more casual, funky version of the Grammys.
Of particular interest to me were the Latin Musicians on deck. Big name, and old-time favorite Alejandro Escovedo made a guest appearance, captivating the house with his rolling gravelly voice, backed by the brassy and lively instruments of various local bands. But the real Latin winners of the night were the local band Brownout. At times resembling Grupo Fantasma and Carlos Santana, this ten piece band comprised of guitarists, drummer, keys, bass, and horns, took home the award for Best Latin Rock Band, and got to take their new title for a spin in their half-hour set that followed. Having never been exposed to their music before, I was impressed by their sound, and their presentation. The house was toe tapping along to their hard horn driven rhythms, catchy drum beats, and rocking guitar riffs. They closed their set with a cover of the popular Neil Young song “Down by the River” impressing me with their incredible depth, and ability to adapt songs from different genres into their own signature style.
If you haven’t checked out Bownout before, listen to their sound HERE. If you like them, be sure to support them, and other local artists. Your voice drives the music industry, and what gets heard. Popular support of local and Latino bands means more such bands on the radio, and popular music scene! Let’s get more Latino bands to the AMAs next year.